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The Doctor Who convention in Cardiff may have come to an end, but we are still hearing some of the interesting little snippets that came out of it. Showrunner Steven Moffat spoke to fans about the prospect of a female Doctor. He also took a vote, with very surprising results!

From the BBC America Report:

There was a slightly jarring moment when a fan asked the panel if there would ever be a female Doctor, and Steven pointed out it would be entirely possible, but then asked for a show of hands who would like to see it happen. This got about 50% of the audience raising their hands, but he then asked how many people would switch off the show if there was a female doctor, and 20-30% of fans put a hand up, to a certain amount of gasping from everyone else.

Wow! Nearly a third of hardcore Who fans claim they would stop watching the show completely if a female was cast as The Doctor. While those figures are shocking, several fans of the show claim they will “stop watching” every time anything changes remotely.

How would you feel is the next Doctor was a female? Are those claiming they would stop watching being petty, or sexist? Would you stop watching? Join the debate in the comments below!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    the doctor is a MALE. i think time lords can change appearances, but not genders. i don’t think i’d watch it if a female was cast

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646371872 Elizabeth Lee Hammons

      Actually time lords can switch genders. In “The Doctor’s Wife” when the Doctor gets a message from another time lord, he says “He didn’t feel like himself if he didn’t have the tattoo, or herself a couple of times. Oh, she was a bad girl.”
      Personally, I would prefer the Doctor remain a male, but I wouldn’t give up the show just because of a gender swap. I like Doctor Who too much to do that.

      • Rowan Charlton

        Established in a recent episode? That shouldn’t count as it’s in the newer era, if it wasn’t mentioned it could be possible in the classic series, then it shouldn’t be possible now. Otherwise it would feel too forced.

        • http://twitter.com/Tripleness Tripleness

          So they can never create anything new, because it wasn’t mentioned in classic Who?  I guess you must not be a fan of the weeping angels, then, or pretty much anything that has happened in the show since 2005.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646371872 Elizabeth Lee Hammons

          Then where do you draw the line? Before 2005? Before 1990? Why watch a show if new content has to be discounted because that’s not how they did it in Classic Who?

        • http://www.facebook.com/Nat.Parkes Drexel Eden

          well lots of things have changed since old who. first and second doctor didn’t call it a regeneration it was a renewal, the reason behind the renewal was due to the T.A.R.D.I.S more so than a trait of a time lord. Hell the regeneration only came about cause hartnell was grumpy and sick. it is doctor who, it is wonderful and changing and I m sure if they cast the right lady for the job it would be amazing! I love my baker and my Tennant but I wouldn’t stop watching because a lady took the position ^.^ as long as she/he kept (for lack of better words after my rant) kicking butt i would watch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

      Time lords can change Genders, it has been established in the episode The Doctors Wife, mainly about the Time Lord “The Corsair”  Also They can switch i want to say nationalitys to be uncharecteristcally Politically Correct..But im going to go ahead and say Skin colours.. As demonstrated by Melody Pond who transformed from a black woman (Mel) to a white woman (River).

      I really wouldn’t like to see a female doctor. It would turn the show pervy in a bad way plus undoubtly attract hoards more fan girls who would jump on the band wagon as the doctor would now a heroin and most likely a straong female role model. (not that thats a bad thing of course)

      • http://twitter.com/Tripleness Tripleness

        What’s wrong with the show getting more fans?  In any case, I don’t think the fangirls  (and boys) can get much more intense then they are now.  And you’re worried the show would become “pervy”?  I’m not sure what you mean, but a) they don’t have to cast a conventionally attractive woman or showcase her beauty and b) they already have Amy Pond.

  • pygmypuff22

    Oh my god do you see that shark over there! We should totally jump over it that’ll be awesome! I’d probably watch but I wouldn’t be happy. It just doesn’t make sense. The Doctor is a man… I don’t know what else to say. I would just hope that she’d regenerate fairly quickly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.redwine Joshua Redwine

      Why, on a show which has emphasized the regeneration (and effective replacement) of the protagonist, is it such a stretch for the Doctor to regenerate into a female body? I think it would make for an interesting and welcomed change in dynamic. Gender and biological sex are not the same thing, and time lords strike me as entities beyond the arbitrary bounds of human social constructs like gender. 

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    I must admit I wouldn’t like that very much at all. However I really want to see a male companion.

    • Craig

       They ought to bring on Gareth David-Lloyd as the next companion.

  • Ida

    I guess it would feel weird to start with, (ass I do with all new doctors) but as long as it’s done well I wouldn’t mind. What matters is that the character is good or not. The earlier doctors have all been complex and exiting, and gender won’t change that.

    • Phoenixe16

      I agree completely with you, Ida.  I ALWAYS have a problem at first with new Doctors.  But they’re always brilliant about casting a good one and I have all the confidence in the world that they would cast an amazing female Doctor if it came to it.   Also, Time Lords can regenerate as a different gender.  As long as they didn’t do it to try to attract douchey 20something guys (as in super sexy girl with no intelligence) or more tweeny girls (though how can you really say that a female being the Doctor will generate any more fangirls than Tennant and Smith did is beyond me).  I would definitely continue to watch it.  The showrunners are incredibly amazing people who know how to cater to their audience without jumping the shark (I mean come on… it IS a goofy sci-fi show behind all the brilliant writing).  

      • Ida

        The more I think about it the more I believe I’d really look forward to having a female Doctor. Keep the Doctorish characteristics and add a few newDoctor ones and she could be just as or more awesome than any of the former Doctors.

        Female characters are often of the most memorable ones when done right, and are not written just to be something pretty to look at that the hero can save. Elisabeth Bennet, Eowyn of Rohan, Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, Buffy Summers, Hermione Granger, Olivia Dunham, and Katniss Everdeen are just some names out of the top of my head. If you want to go for Who women, there’s Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Freaking Pond, River Song or even the TARDIS in ‘The Doctors Wife.’ I think a character similar to the last one only more Doctorish would be amazing.

        If Time Lords can switch genders then why the hell not? This is 2012, so it’s about time I’d say.

  • ravenclaw1991

    NO! I mean, I would still watch the show if it happened but I wouldn’t want it to happen. The Doctor is male and I don’t care if Time Lords can change genders or not. I know The Corsair did it, so its possible, but I don’t want it. And the Doctor shouldn’t get any younger than Matt is. 

    • stargazer

      Second on the Doctor shouldn’t get any younger than Matt Smith.  If they get too much younger we’ll be stuck with a teenager, and #1, teens on a whole cannot act as well as adults–they just don’t have the experience, and a lot of the time they don’t have the maturity (not all the time, just a lot of the time), and #2, then there would be all sorts of teenage hormone problems that would probably make their way into the scripts (though I think I’d be okay with a single episode where the Doctor’s current incarnation goes through some sort of timey wimey thing and ends up as a teenager–for JUST ONE EPISODE).

      As for the gender switch thing, you readers might blast me for it, but to be completely and utterly honest I really don’t want the Doctor to regenerate into a woman because of my religion’s belief–and my belief–that gender’s something that’s pre-decided before birth.  I love Doctor Who, but something like that would just fly a little too much in the face of what I believe.  Yes, it’s just a show, and I know that Time Lords aren’t really real, and imagination’s all well and good, but I’d start to have a problem because of that.

      (And, to be honest, I’ve gotten crushes on more than one past Doctor, and if that Doctor turned into a woman I’d throw up a little–just like if I had a crush on this really cute guy who turned out to be female.  I’d feel sick and embarrassed, and it would take me a reeeeeeaaaaaaalllly long time to get over it)

      (Now, I’d love if they brought Jenny back or found another female Time Lord who could perhaps have their own spin-off series where the Doctor and the female Time Lord could make special appearances in each others’ series.  That would be awesome.)

  • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

    I really don’t think it is a sexist thing, I think has to do with an established character’s gender changing. Personally, I would enjoy watching the show with a trans-gendered Doctor.

  • Arthur

    Ah, sexism is alive and well. I think it could be interesting, if it was done well. And it’s high time there was a male companion that didn’t come along with a female one. I mean, I love Rory, but he’s based almost entirely around Amy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    If she has some hot companions, I’d be okay with it. 

  • Lola-kim

    The Doctor is a male… But hey, there is still Jenny somewhere in time and space! I think this would be kind of exciting and fascinating if she or another female replaced the Doctor… (and don’t forget that 10 asked Rose if he was a gir!)

  • Figuresk8er12

    I bet the people who raised their hands weren’t being sexist, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of them was female. I think the Doctor’s being a male (and an attractive one at that!) is pretty important to the female viewers. There’s a kind of sex appeal, and he’s so charming, it adds desire!

    • Floodmicro

       Not to mention it’d be very awkward (in terms of sex appeal) if guys started being attracted to a female Doctor, only to remember she was recently a guy, and then… just general awkwardness. The romance of the show would go incredibly crazily, too.

  • Rowan Charlton

    They could make innuendos jokes about the sonic screwdriver like what happened in Curse of the Fatal Death.

  • Ryanbybee2003

    I would stop watching not being sexist anti female but my thought is stick with what works because the show might take a weird turn making the show too feminized and taking out the actiony blowing up bits that we know and love  

    • http://twitter.com/Tripleness Tripleness

      There are lots of women who like watching things get blown up.  Nothing would change… the Doctor would just be a woman.  That’s all.  I’m not sure how having a woman in the show would be a radical change.  The Doctor would still be the Doctor, and everything else would be the same.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

      You’re right, maybe she’d have more sense not to blow things up.  Lol.

    • TheOneAndOnlyCliche

      That IS actually a rather sexist statement. There are about as many romantic men in this world as there are women, but in movies it’s generally just acted out differently.
      That doesn’t mean Moffat would turn it into a romantic comedy, he knows better.
      And frankly, you can’t say that a female doctor wouldn’t work without seeing it.
      I’m not saying she needs to be female, I have no issues with a show with this concept sticking to male leads, but there are plenty of ways to make a female Doctor Who work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang


     several fans of the show claim they will ‘stop watching’ every time anything changes remotely. ” You call those fans?  Ya right.  Doctor Who is all about change!

    Maybe there could be 1 episode where the Doctor gets changed into a woman or gets his body swapped with his companion. Knowing the Doctor Who world, it’s entirely possible.

    • Jdh

      That sort of already happened in Tennant’s New Earth, with Cassandra’s consciousness in the Doctor’s body.

      • Violet aka DW Fangirl

         I think he should get changed into a woman somehow, for a while. I personally would love to see 11 temporarily a woman, to test the waters to to speak. It would be very interesting. And it would provide and new dynamic to 11 and River’s relationship, as she would still love the doctor, but would probably be less full-on physical (think that scene in ToA) about it. And i think it would be good for the doctor’s character too, give a bit of perspective. And the doctor could learn to run in heels, which would be a very good skill, especially if the doctor had to disguise himself as a woman in order to hide from something in a time period where he was very well known in whatever his current incarnation was.

  • http://twitter.com/Tripleness Tripleness

    I think very few of the people who claim they would top watching would actually do it.  They’d complain and threaten, and then they’d get used to it, just like they do with every other change.

    I’d LOVE to see the Doctor regenerate into a woman.  It’s weird that he supposedly could regenerate into any kind of person but he always becomes a white male.

  • Andrea

    I think that if Moffat decided to write in a female Doctor, I would still watch the show. He’s brilliant and he hasn’t steared us wrong yet since he’s been at the helm of the show, so I believe he could make it work.

  • Doctor who fan

    Maria in one episode he did remember when Cassandra the Trampoline switched minds  it was corny and odd but a good episode

  • Just Sayin

    I love Dr. Who.  Not necessarily for the actor portraying the Doctor but because of the stories as well as my loyalty for the show.  When Matt Smith was cast, I didn’t and (honestly still) don’t particularly care for him.  But he is growing on me.  But he is not why I watch the show.
    David Tenant on the other hand is why I continue to go on Netflix and watch the previous seasons.  I start at the beginning and watch up until his final episode and start over.  But I continue watching the new seasons because I know it will only get better from where it is.
    But to say I’ll stop watching because I don’t agree with a casting decision?  That’s just stupid.
    That’s like being a fair-weather fan of a sports team. you like them when they’re winning but you don’t like them when they loose.
    Seriously?  You either like them or you don’t.
    Doctor Who is like my relative.  Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t, but I’ll always love it.

  • DP

    I wouldn’t switch off the show, but I wouldn’t like it either. Usually I’m a big proponent of “Anything boys can do girls can do” but it was just feel very strange. There would be something off about it, and I don’t know if I could get used to it. 

    • rdh014

      Me too. I consider myself a feminist, but even I can’t really picture a female Doctor.

  • RussellTurner

    Leave the doctor a male. There is River, Jenny, and Donna who have some timelord in them, so that should be enough. 

  • rdh014

    Hmmm. Intriguing. I would continue watching because I simply love the series. Period. 

    On the other hand I honestly feel like the Doctor really needs to be male. I know those writers are smart enough to make a woman work, but there is something about having the Doctor be a man. It is just…the way it has been. Tradition of the series I suppose. 

    But times have seriously changed and I would accept the Doctor no matter what.

  • kpo987

    No they wouldn’t.

  • Guest

    My only problem with it would be that it is the Doctor’s last regeneration and it seems strange that the Doctor would change gender at the last minute. I would have preferred it more in the middle (though I know that it would never have happened due to societal stigma back in the time during the old series) as it would have suggested a period of self discovery, but for the Doctor to never have changed until the last one seems a little too late. However, if Moffat does it right, and I do trust Moffat, perhaps it could work, but it would take a lot of convincing to make it not feel forced. Even though it is possible according to the Whoverse, it would still feel like it came out of nowhere. As a loyal fan I would still watch, but I understand the annoyance than some viewers feel at the suggestion (because if they dare to disagree they are labeled as sexist….)

    • Violet aka DW Fangirl

       it wouldn’t be the last regeneration, timelords have 13 incarnations, remember. There would still be one more doctor afterwards

      • Larkin1464

        That was actually retconned, they can infinitely regenerate now :)

  • multifezman

    i think a female doctor would be weird because he would probably still have a male brain. if he was turned female accidentally for a few episodes but still thought like a male it would be funny but as long term thing i cant see it working, too weird.

  • Mooncat

    I love that people are claiming that they wouldn’t like a woman doctor because it would just be “too different”. That’s ridiculous. If you don’t like big changes with the characters, then Doctor Who is obviously not the show for you. 

  • Andy

    I’d keep watching but i’d rather keep having a male Doctor. The way I see it there are some male time lords and some female, and some who seem to be sort of “transexual”, because it has been mentioned on the show that time lords changed sex. Now, I think the time lord we’re following is Male. Simple as that. 

    • http://twitter.com/ShaShaShauna Shauna Gallo

      That’s exactly how I’ve always thought of it! Well put. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1834115545 Joe McClendon

    This is an easy fix !!!!!!! Bring Jenny back and spend time with dad, lol. As any good parent he needs to teach her how to be a good Time Lord.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seth-Wells/1130513697 Seth Wells

    i dont see it happening, its like if they make superman a women i wouldn’t watch it

  • Nathan

    I seriously doubt it’s sexism, I also consider myself a feminist and I wouldn’t stop watching unless the quality of the storylines were gone, or the characters annoyed the hell out of me. However, I think even though the doctor changes, people can still see him as essentially the same person he just looks and acts slightly different. I don’t know, I just think it’d be a bit of a leap if he became a woman. I’m not against it and I think a woman could do a great job as the doctor but I think the doctor has always been a guy… I don’t think people would respond to it quite as well and it would feel a little too different.

  • Mrs Rachel_malfoy

    it might take some getting used to because i’ll think about matt ALL the time that the female doctor would be on, but it seems like a cool idea! 

  • DrWho Tradis

    DrWho Tardis I would LOVE a female Doctor Who!!! As long as it is a WOMAN like River Song. I & many Whovians would be gutted if they gave us some young, skinny, giggly, jiggly, big titted Nurse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 minutes ago · LikeUnlike

  • Romana

    please no? there is absolutely nothing wrong with girls. it’d just be a bit too drastic of a change, even for the doctor. he (she…) wouldn’t quite feel the same. it’d be incredibly hard to get used to.

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    Evidently nearly a third of Doctor Who fans are dicks. lol

    I agree that it’d be a bit odd at first, but not too much more so than any of the usual regenerations. I wonder how it’d affect relationships with any past companions and stuff.

  • Chicken

     I’m usually open to anything creators decide on. If the Doctor becomes a woman, I think she’d be like River Song. No problem with that.

  • Tundra

    I would like to see a female doctor – but only if she’s awesome, not sexy.

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    The Doctor is a male character to me. He has been male 11 times in a row, he needs to stay male. That said, I wouldn’t stop watching if he became a she. I would trust the writers and the actress enough to let them convince me I am wrong in my initial feeling.  I love Doctor Who through all the changes. 

  • Traveler3456

    I think, like anything in a tv show, it would depend on how well the screen-writers handled it.  I think it would be fun to watch how the show adjusted to a female doctor…the female-doctor/(presumably male) companion dynamic would be fun to experiment with, and if done brilliantly, I’d love it.  That being said, I don’t know how long-term the switch could last until it lost its novelty, and this might go against Time Lord biology (although I’m not an expert). 

  • Katelyn

    See, I don’t think people want a female doctor because that’s what would be best for the show.  They want a female doctor to serve some sort of gender “fairness” or whatever.  What about all of the marvelous, strong and intelligent female companions? The show ALREADY portrays women in a positive role.  Having a female Doctor who only feel like some kind of weird novelty.  

    Plus, even if the Doctor chose to become female…why would he? Does he ever put that much thought into his regenerations?  Like River, who commented about “concentrating on a dress size?” No, never.  The first episode is always partly him figuring out his new person, chosen at random.  
    I think part of the show’s character is the really old-fashioned idea that it’s partly about a boy showing off for pretty girls.  It’s a small piece of continuity from Classic Who.  

  • Glaciusx

    Sometimes this fandom gets really annoying. JS.

  • http://twitter.com/MaybeDavey David Weckesser

    I do not like the idea of it, The Doctor has been a mail for… well ever and if they had done it in the first run of the series it wouldn’t be as weird, but I think it’s too late to do that now. Change would be too dramatic to the show’s essentials.

  • Ariel

    I really don’t think this is sexist. I am a woman, and I am very “pro-woman” but I think it would pretty strange to see the Doctor as a girl. It’s like asking if people would be okay if there was a Harry Potter remake where Harry was now Harriet. A lot of people would be really weirder out. It isn’t sexism; it’s just familiarity. The Doctor has been male for 50 years. It’s what everyone has come to know and love. I would definitely give a woman Doctor a chance, but for now, and I think probably forever, I would prefer if we just got females as companions.

  • Moonbear181

    the drs part is a part that should be played by a male just as sherlock holmes is a male part, its not sexist it is what it is. nothing more..

  • Seancmatthews

    Theres also a hollywood movie in production called Cleopatra, however the film depicts her as a man. 

  • Kristinaa

    I feel they would make the Doctor female simply for the wow factor and not because it would inmprove the show.  I think it’s too late in the mythos to have the Doctor change sexes now, wouldn’t it have happened at least once before?  (Rowan Atkinson special excluded.)  I don’t think I could culd wrap my brain around it and therefore, would likely not bother with the show anymore.  If they want, they can introduce a new Time Lady, or bring back Doctor Donna.  But please, no regen into a female. It won’t be cool.  Trust me. 

  • Jon M

    I’m a hard core wholigan. Been watching the show with my dad before I was old enough to remember watching. I like the old series and the new series. I like the changes. But if there was a female doctor I would be like, “Well there’s almost 50 years worth of other doctor who I can watch.” And i would promptly turn off the show. I didn’t like DW the movie, I don’t like the doctor being involved in anything sexually. Him doing anything with any human is like a pedophile. It’s wrong because the age and intelligence difference with a human adult and a human child. The 900 y/o doctor falling in “love” with 19 y/o rose is bogus. It’s like a pedo moment. Ok so this all leads up to the female doctor. It would make the doctor even more sexual. I’m not being sexist. I’m just saying how my fellow men see things. I do not like doctor who to be another sappy love or romance story. It’s entirely too smart for that. A female doctor and puberty crazed teenage boys. Bad combo.

  • drfan

    I’d stop watchin altogether. Why should the doctor be able to change sex, there have always been male and female timelords. Even in the big finish audios susan refers to the 9th doctor as grandfather, if for some reason she was ever brought back to the show would she than still call a female doctor grandfather.

  • Carla Luz

    I’m a anti-female Doctor… seriously

  • Tada!

    It was the same with Star Trek: Voyager with a female captain. Many people were shocked at this change, but it turned out to be an awesome series. If the writer continue to do what they are doing, I think the show would be fine. Besides, can you imagine how the Doctor would react after regenerating into a girl!

  • roark614

    I would absolutely stop watching. I am a huge proponent of women’s rights, and just about as liberal as they come, but the doctor is a male.

  • TL

    I’m one of the ones that would probably stop watching if there were a female Doctor. She would have to win me over very quickly, if I were to continue to follow the show. I think that one of the large appeals of the series is that the Doctor has his companions, and as much as he cares for them–he does not let himself get attached. It would take some kind of lady to fight life and limb for her friends and then not get attached, which is all well-and-good until it’s time to say goodbye to those companions. If she did manage a performance that were true to what the Doctor has to be in order to maintain the continuity of the series, I feel like it might be a bit like watching a very well done drag performance–so you might as well just keep the Doctor as a male, in my opinion.

  • Johnathan Pasley

    Should the next Doctor be a Fat, Gay, Female, Muslim, Wheelchair-bound, Amputee, Inuit, Hermaphrodite for the sole reason, “There hasn’t been one before?” Actually now I’m grinning just thinking about it. I can picture the regeneration and everyone waiting with bated breath as Matt Smith transforms into….. What the hell is that????!!!!

  • ilovetheeleventhdoctor

    Something feels wrong about having the Doctor be a female. After all, he is a Time LORD not a Time LADY. I think it would be awesome to have a Time Lady, sorta like River Song, but she should be a totally different character, not the Doctor regenerated.

  • Jessica

    I don’t really care whether that cast a female Doctor or not. But I don’t want them to. I have nothing against it, but The Doctors always been Male and I think that’s how he should stay. Plus, that would probably complicate things with River Song.

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